Tick off the box at the top of his wish list with a timepiece he can wear for "I do" and beyond. Trendy watches abound, but take a long view with this present—it's something, like you, that he'll hold on to for a lifetime. A good watch is an investment piece and a potential heirloom. Price depends not only on the case and strap materials but also the workmanship and functional details. A big factor is movement type: Quartz (battery-powered) costs less than mechanical, which can be automatic (winds itself when worn) or manual (requires winding). Most of the watches on these pages are mechanical (the choice of many aficionados).
Other details to look for are "complications" such as calendars, moon-phase indicators, chronographs (stopwatches), and multi-time-zone capability. Consider your groom's style and lifestyle when deciding on these features.
Ahead, some of our favorite picks. They're all, well, timeless.
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With an ultrathin face and rose-gold bracelet, this watch will add polish to any look—big-day tuxedo or caual jeans and t-shirt.
Piaget "Altiplano" 18k rose-gold watch, $28,700, piaget.com.
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He'll never be late for an important date with this stainless steel wonder.
Tag Heuer "Carrera" stainless steel day-date watch, $2,600, tagheuer.com.
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The art-deco "867" rose-gold timepiece is named after Ralph Lauren's NYC flagship store at 867 Madison Avenue, making it both a "something new" and "something old" for your groom. Hey, who says that tradition is only for the bride?
Ralph Lauren "867" rose-gold watch, $29,100, ralphlaurenwatches.com.
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This automatic watch transitions easily from big day to every day with a steel-and-red-gold two-tone bracelet.
Baume & Mercier "Classima" automatic watch, $4,450, baume-et-mercier.com.
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This stainless steel watch is sturdy enough for any challenge. And thanks to its water-resistant face, he can be impeccable even while washing dishes.
Raymond Weil's "Tango 300" stainless steel watch, $995, bloomingdales.com.
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For the watch aficionado: This 18k rose-gold watch, with 21,600 vibrations per hour and mechanical winding.
Harry Winston "Midnight Skeleton" 18k rose-gold watch, price upon request, harrywinston.com.
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How wedding-ready is this watch, with its 18k rose-gold rectangular face and crocodile strap? We'll bet he loves it long after the wedding, too.
Breguet "Heritage 5410" rose-gold watch, price upon request, breguet.com.
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Is your groom the ultimate traveler? Tour the world in style with this 18k rose gold watch (it displays every time zone simultaneously).
Chopard "L.U.C Time Traveler One" watch, $22,950, chopard.com/us.
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This three-hand 18k rose-gold timekeeper features a unique setting and an electric-blue minute hand.
Tiffany & Co. "Tiffany East West" rose-gold watch, $12,000, tiffany.com.
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A twist on tradition, this watch has a stainless steel case, a gray dial, and an ostrich-leather strap.
Hamilton "Jazzmaster Viewmatic" watch, $1,095, hamiltonwatch.com.
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He'll love you to the moon and back if you give him this gorgeous timepiece, complete calendar stainless steel watch with moon-phase indicator.
Blancpain "Villeret" watch, $14,900, blancpain.com.
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Can't decide between casual and traditional? Then this watch, with a sporty blue dial and classy alligator strap, might just be the perfect pick.
Patek Philippe "Calatrava" white-gold watch, price upon request, patek.com.
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What's not to love about this watch? It features a satin-gray dial and a case of 18k "king" gold—a red-gold alloy.
Hublot "Classic Fusion Racing Grey" 18k gold watch, $23,500, hublot.com.
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